Bird Photos - Kenya

This folder is a link to selected photos of birds in Kenya by Ed Holroyd in 1970 and 2022. Most are to document bird sightings reported to the eBird web site operated by Cornell University. Some are of poor quality. Some species could not be photographed, such as speedy Swifts. Some photos of birds seen in Kenya were taken elsewhere.

File names use taxon order numbers in the eBird-Clements-v2022-integrated-checklist-October-2022.xlsx from Cornell University. Bird photo file names may have an English species name abbreviated along with a photo frame identification number. These file names will mostly be in the background and referenced only by the linkages.

As you look through these photos, ponder the greatness of the variety and beauty and detail that have been created by God for us to observe and enjoy. The birds cannot have evolved from reptiles! Their flow-through lung structure differs greatly from the bellows design of reptiles and mammals. Their feathers are created by individual follicles, like hair, but are vastly different from hair strands. The feathers are not modified scales.

Taxon Genus species English name
Struthionidae Ostriches
00002 Struthio camelus Common Ostrich
00007 Struthio molybdophanes Somali Ostrich
Anatidae Ducks, Geese and Swans
00228 Dendrocygna viduata White-faced Whistling-Duck
00391 Alopochen aegyptiaca Egyptian Goose
00490 Anas undulata Yellow-billed Duck
00540 Anas capensis Cape Teal
00547 Anas erythrorhyncha Red-billed Duck
Numididae Guineafowl
00916 Numida meleagris Helmeted Guineafowl
00931 Acryllium vulturinum Vulturine Guineafowl
Phasianidae Pheasants and Partridges
01556 Ortygornis sephaena Crested Francolin
01740 Pternistis heldebrandti Hildebrandt's Spurfowl
01754 Pternistis leucoscepus Yellow-necked Spurfowl
Phoenicopteridae Flamingos
01771 Phoenicopterus roseus Greater Flamingo
01774 Phoeniconaias minor Lesser Flamingo
Podicipedidae Grebes
01786 Tachybaptus ruficollis Little Grebe
Columbidae Pigeons and Doves
01879 Columba guinea Speckled Pigeon
02022 Streptopelia lugens Dusky Turtle-Dove
02044 Streptopelia decipiens Mourning Collared-Dove
02051 Streptopelia semitorquata Red-eyed Dove
02052 Streptopelia capicola Ring-necked Dove
02070 Spilopelia senegalensis Laughing Dove
02149 Turtur chalcospilos Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove
Otididae Bustards
02893 Ardeotis kori Kori Bustard
02909 Eupodotis senegalensis White-bellied Bustard
02926 Eupodotis gindiana Buff-crested Bustard
02933 Lissotis melanogaster Black-bellied Bustard
Musophagidae Turacos
02994 Corythaixoides leucogaster White-bellied Go-away-bird
Cuculidae Cuckoos
03087 Centropus superciliosus White-browed Coucal
03262 Chrysococcyx cupreus African Emerald Cuckoo
03385 Cuculus solitarius Red-chested Cuckoo
Apodidae Swifts
04082 Apus affinis Little Swift
04122 Cypsiurus parvus African Palm Swift
Rallidae Rails, Gallinules and Coots
05380 Gallinula chloropus Eurasian Moorhen
05515 Zapornia flavirostra Black Crake
Gruidae Cranes
05616 Balearica regulorum Gray Crowned-Crane
Recurvirostridae Avocets and Stilts
05689 Himantopus himantopus Black-winged Stilt
05703 Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet
Charadriidae Plovers and Lapwings
05750 Vanellus crassirostris Long-toed Lapwing
05753 Vanellus armatus Blacksmith Lapwing
05754 Vanellus spinosus Spur-winged Lapwing
05763 Vanellus melanopterus Black-winged Lapwing
05766 Vanellus coronatus Crowned Lapwing
05769 Vanellus senegallus Wattled Lapwing
05820 Charadrius pecuarius Kittlitz's Plover
05854 Charadrius tricollaris Three-banded Plover
Jacanidae Jacanas
05905 Actophilornis africanus African Jacana
Scolopacidae Sandpipers and allies
05996 Calidris pugnax Ruff
06115 Actitis hypoleucos Common Sandpiper
06127 Tringa nebularia Common Greenshank
06135 Tringa stagnatilis Marsh Sandpiper
06136 Tringa glareola Wood Sandpiper
Glareolidae Pratincoles and Coursers
06221 Cursorius somalensis Somali Courser
06225 Cursorius temminckii Temminck's Courser
06239 Rhinoptilus cinctus Three-banded Courser
Laridae Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
06380 Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus Gray-hooded Gull
Ciconiidae Storks
07069 Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis Saddle-billed Stork
07072 Leptoptilos crumenifer Marabou Stork
07077 Mycteria ibis Yellow-billed Stork
Anhingidae Anhingas
07133 Anhinga rufa African Darter
Phalacrocoracidae Cormorants
07144 Microcarbo africanus Long-tailed Cormorant
07159 Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant
Pelecanidae Pelicans
07232 Pelecanus onocrotalus Great White Pelican
07234 Pelecanus rufescens Pink-backed Pelican
Scopidae Hamerkop
07242 Scopus umbretta Hamerkop
Ardeidae Herons, Egrets and Bitterns
07299 Ardea cinerea Gray Heron
07309 Ardea melanocephala Black-headed Heron
07315 Ardea goliath Golaith Heron
07323 Ardea alba Great Egret
07340 Egretta garzetta Little Egret
07369 Egretta ardesiaca Black Heron
07370 Bubulcus ibis Cattle Egret
07375 Ardeola ralloides Squacco Heron
07390 Butorides striata Striated Heron
Threskiornithidae Ibis and Spoonbills
07479 Plegadis falcinellus Glossy Ibis
07501 Threskiornis aethiopicus African Sacred Ibis
07525 Bostrychia hagedash Hadada Ibis
07536 Platalea alba African Spoonbill
Sagittariidae Secretary-bird
07563 Sagittarius serpentarius Secretary-bird
Accipitridae Hawks, Eagles and Kites
07587 Polyboroides typus African Harrier-Hawk
07661 Trigonoceps occipitalis White-headed Vulture
07663 Torgos tracheliotos Lappet-faced Vulture
07667 Necrosyrtes monachus Hooded Vulture
07668 Gyps africanus White-backed Vulture
07672 Gyps rueppelli Rueppell's Griffon
07720 Terathopius ecaudatus Bateleur
07726 Circaetus cinereus Brown Snake-Eagle
07788 Aquila rapax Tawny Eagle
08086 Milvus migrans Black Kite
08115 Haliaeetus vocifer African Fish-Eagle
08293 Buteo augur Augur Buzzard
Strigidae Owls
08678 Ketupa lacteus Verreaux's Eagle-Owl
Coliidae Mousebirds
09114 Colius striatus Speckled Mousebird
09132 Colius leucocephalus White-headed Mousebird
09139 Urocolius macrourus Blue-naped Mousebird
Upupidae Hoopoes
09312 Upupa epops Eurasian Hoopoe
Phoeniculidae Woodhoopoes and Scimitar-bills
09325 Phoeniculus purpureus Green Woodhoopoe
Bucorvidae Ground-Hornbills
09363 Bucorvus leadbeateri Southern Ground-Hornbill
Bucerotidae Hornbills
09366 Lophoceros alboterminatus Crowned Hornbill
09379 Tockus flavirostris Eastern Yellow-billed Hornbill
09391 Tockus erythrorhynchus Northern Red-billed Hornbill
Alcedinidae Kingfishers
09632 Corythornis cristatus Malachite Kingfisher
09719 Halcyon leucocephala Gray-headed Kingfisher
09926 Megaceryle maxima Giant Kingfisher
09940 Ceryle rudis Pied Kingfisher
Meropidae Bee-eaters
09977 Merops pusillus Little Bee-eater
09988 Merops oreobates Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
Coraciidae Rollers
10037 Coracias caudatus Lilac-breasted Roller
Lybiidae African Barbets
10247 Trachyphonus darnaudii D'Arnaud's Barbet
10337 Tricholaema lacrymosa Spot-flanked Barbet
Picidae Woodpeckers and allies
10979 Chloropicus namaquus Bearded Woodpecker
10997 Chloropicus spodocephalus Mountain Gray Woodpecker
11396 Campethera nubica Nubian Woodpecker
Falconidae Falcons and Caracaras
11768 Falco biarmicus Lanner Falcon
Psittaculidae Old World Parrots
12412 Agapornis fischeri x personatus Fischer's x Yellow-collared Lovebird
Psittacidae New World and African Parrots
12432 Poicephalus meyeri Meyer's Parrot
Oriolidae Old World Orioles
19186 Oriolus larvatus African Black-headed Oriole
Platysteridae Wattle-eyes and Batises
19384 Batis molitor Chinspot Batis
Malaconotidae Bushshrikes and Allies
19618 Laniarius major Tropical Boubou
19643 Laniarius funebris Slate-colored Boubou
19670 Telophorus sulfureopectus Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike
Dicruridae Drongos
19907 Dicrurus adsimilis Fork-tailed Drongo
Monarchidae Monarch Flycatchers
20280 Terpsiphone viridis African Paradise-Flycatcher
Laniidae Shrikes
20614 Lanius excubitoroides Gray-backed Fiscal
20618 Lanius cabanisi Long-tailed Fiscal
20628 Lanius doesalis Taita Fiscal
20631 Lanius humeralis Northern Fiscal
20655 Eurocephalus ruppelli White-rumped Shrike
Corvidae Crows, Jays and Magpies
21048 Corvus capensis Cape Crow
21114 Corvus albus Pied Crow
21116 Corvus edithae Somali Crow
Paridae Chickadees and Tits
21735 Melaniparus albiventris White-bellied Tit
Alaudidae Larks
21915 Eremopterix leucopareia Fischer's Sparrow-Lark
21928 Calendulauda poecilosterna Pink-breasted Lark
21971 Miafra africana Rufous-naped Lark
22122 Calendrella cinerea Red-capped Lark
Macrosphenidae African Warblers
22349 Sylvietta whytii Red-faced Crombec
Cisticolidae Cisticolas and Allies
22499 Camaroptera brachyura Green-backed Camaroptera
22531 Phyllolais pulchella Buff-bellied Warbler
22568 Apalis flavida Yellow-breasted Apalis
22618 Apalis cinerea Gray Apalis
22759 Prinia subflava Tawny-flanked Prinia
22840 Cisticola cantans Singing Cisticola
22883 Cisticola chiniana Rattling Cisticola
22970 Cisticola natalensis Croaking Cisticola
23006 Cisticola juncidis Zitting Cisticola
Hirundinidae Swallows
23551 Riparia paludicola Plain Martin
23588 Ptyonoprogne fuligula Rock Martin
23610 Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow
23631 Hirundo smithii Wire-tailed Swallow
23657 Cecropis daurica Red-rumped Swallow
Pycnonotidae Bulbuls
23877 Plyllastrephus strepitans Northern Brownbul
24002 Pycnonotus barbatus Common Bulbul
Zosteropidae Yuhinas, White-eyes, and Allies
25058 Zosterops flavilateralis Pale White-eye
25126 Zosterops kikuyuensis Kikuyu White-eye
Leiothrichidae Laughingthrushes
26107 Turdoides jardineii Arrow-marked Babbler
26124 Turdoides sharpei Black-lored Babbler
26130 Turdoides hypoleuca Northern Pied-Babbler
Buphagidae Oxpeckers
27102 Buphagus erythrorynchus Red-billed Oxpecker
27103 Buphagus africanus Yellow-billed Oxpecker
Sturnidae Starlings
27247 Creatophora cinerea Wattled Starling
27314 Cinnyricinclus leucogaster Violet-backed Starling
27360 Lamprotornis hildebrandti Hildebrandt's Starling
27363 Lamprotornis purpuroptera Ruppell's Starling
27379 Lamprotornis superbus Superb Starling
27392 Lamprotornis chalybaeus Greater Blue-eared Starling
Turdidae Thrushes and Allies
27844 Turdus abyssinicus Abyssinian Thrush
Muscicapidae Old World Flycatchers
28227 Bradornis microrhynchus African Gray Flycatcher
28296 Melaenornis pammelaina Southern Black-Flycatcher
28302 Melaenornis fischeri White-eyed Slaty-Flycatcher
28584 Cossypha caffra Cape Robin-Chat
28597 Cossypha heuglini White-browed Robin-Chat
28620 Cichladusa guttata Spotted Morning-Thrush
29003 Monticola rufocinereus Little Rock-Thrush
29135 Myrmecocichla aethiops Northern Anteater-Chat
29232 Oenanthe lugubris Abyssinian Wheatear
Nectariniidae Sunbirds and Spiderhunters
29624 Chalcomitra amethystina Amethyst Sunbird
29628 Chalcomitra senegalensis Scarlet-chested Sunbird
29685 Nectarinia kilimensis Bronze Sunbird
29791 Cinnyris venustus Variable Sunbird
Ploceidae Weavers and Allies
30065 Dinemellia dinemelli White-headed Buffalo-Weaver
30072 Plocepasser mahali White-browed Sparrow-Weaver
30079 Plocepasser donaldsoni Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-Weaver
30084 Pseudonigrita cabanisi Black-capped Social-Weaver
30116 Ploceus baglafecht Baglafecht Weaver
30142 Ploceus ocularis Spectacled Weaver
30161 Ploceus bojeri Golden Palm Weaver
30173 Ploceus intermedius Lesser Masked-Weaver
30194 Ploceus spekei Speke's Weaver
30199 Ploceus cucullatus Village Weaver
30219 Ploceus jacksoni Golden-backed Weaver
30220 Ploceus rubiginosus Chestnut Weaver
Estrildidae Waxbills and Allies
30404 Spermestes cucullata Bronze Mannikin
30652 Estrilda astrild Common Waxbill
30670 Estrilda rhodopyga Crimson-rumped Waxbill
30675 Ortygospiza atricollis Quailfinch
30710 Granatina ianthinogaster Purple Grenadier
30715 Uraeginthus bengalus Red-cheeked Cordonbleu
30761 Lagonosticta senegala Red-billed Firefinch
30768 Lagonosticta rubricata African Firefinch
30795 Vidua macroura Pin-tailed Whydah
Passeridae Old World Sparrows
30886 Passer domesticus House Sparrow
30931 Passer rufocinctus Kenya Rufous Sparrow
30943 Passer gongonensis Parrot-billed Sparrow
Motacillidae Wagtails and Pipits
31067 Motacilla aguimp African Pied Wagtail
31133 Anthus similis Long-billed Pipit
31161 Anthus leucophrys Plain-backed Pipit
31280 Macronyx croceus Yellow-throated Longclaw
31286 Macronyx ameliae Rosy-throated Longclaw
Fringillidae Siskins, Crossbills and Allies
31704 Crithagra mozambica Yellow-fronted Canary
31739 Crithagra reichenowi Reichenow's Seedeater
31750 Crithagra sulphurata Brimstone Canary
31764 Crithagra striolata Streaky Seedeater